Zindagi Gulzar Hai

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Zindagi Gulzar Hai
زندگی گلزار ہے
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Genre Romance
Based on Zindagi Gulzar Hai by Umera Ahmed
Written by Umera Ahmed
Directed by Sultana Siddiqui
Starring
Opening theme "Zindagi" by Ali Zafar
Ending theme

"Zindagi Khak Na Thi" by Hadiqa Kiani

Nadeem Khan
Country of origin Pakistan
Original language(s) Urdu
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Production
Producer(s) Momina Duraid
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time Approx. 40-45 minutes
Production company(s) Moomal Productions
Release
Original network Hum TV
First shown in Pakistan
Original release 30 November 2012 – 24 May 2013[1]
Website www.zindagigulzarhai.com

Zindagi Gulzar Hai (Urdu: زندگی گلزار ہے‎; English: Life is fruitful) Pakistani drama, directed by Sultana Siddiqui and produced by Momina Duraid of Moomal Productions, which was broadcast on Hum TV.[2][3] Based on the novel of the same name by Umera Ahmad,[4] it was first telecast from 30 November 2012 to May 2013 in Pakistan. The story revolves around two persons, opposite in thought and financial status. This serial has a strong female lead protagonist and was very popular among the female audience.

Zindagi Gulzar Hai[5] also aired in various other countries including eleven Arab countries, several European countries and India. It premiered on the MBC Group on January 2014 in eleven Arab countries, Hum TV on March 2014 in Europe, and Zindagi on 23 June 2014.[4][6][7][8][9] It has aired 6 times in India.[10]

Plot summary[edit]

The story revolves around the lives of Kashaf Murtaza (Sanam Saeed) and Zaroon Junaid (Fawad Khan), who are poles apart. Kashaf comes from a middle-class family background and lives with her mother Rafia (Samina Peerzada) and her two sisters, Sidra (Mansha Pasha) and Shehnila (Sana Sarfaraz). Rafia had separated from her husband, Murtaza, (Waseem Abbas) because she did not give birth to a son. As a result, he married another woman, who did eventually give birth to his son Hamad.

Rafia works as the principal of a government school, and tutors children during the evenings. Kashaf, her eldest daughter, gets a scholarship to a prestigious university, where she meets Zaroon, who comes from a rich family. However, they initially don't get along with each other. However, later Zaroon tries to patch up with her but his attempts are repeatedly rebuffed

Zaroon's family consists of his laid-back and patient father, Junaid (Javed Sheikh) and independent working mother, Ghazala Junaid (Hina Khawaja Bayat) and his sister Sara (Ayesha Omar), who has the same qualities as her mother. Zaroon's circle of friends consists of Asmara (Mehreen Raheel) and Osama (Shehryar Munawar Siddiqui). He remains unaware of the fact that Asmara is in love with him. They get engaged but due to irreconcilable differences they break off the engagement. Zaroon states many times that his ideal wife would have qualities found in Kashaf.

Both Zaroon and Kashaf apply for, and get admitted to the Pakistan's Central Superior Services, where they renew their contact. Once again, Zaroon's attempts at friendship are repeatedly turned down, as Kashaf believes him to be the same flirtatious and irresponsible person as before. Osama proposes to Kashaf, who rejects his proposal. Later Zaroon talks to Abrar (Behroze Sabzwari), who is a mentor to Kashaf and Zaroon's close family friend. Zaroon confesses to him that he wants to marry Kashaf and asks him to talk to Kashaf on his behalf. After initially rejecting his proposal, the two agree to meet at Abrar's house, where Zaroon prevents Kashaf from getting scalded by hot tea. She accepts his proposal and they get engaged and married. After the wedding Zaroon also establishes good rapport with Kashaf's family.

Zaroon and Kashaf eventually start getting to know one another. Later Zaroon and Kashaf have a fight as he comes to know about Osama's proposal. They reconcile when they find that Kashaf is pregnant. Later, Kashaf discovers that Zaroon is secretly in touch with Asmara . Thinking that Zaroon is having a romantic affair with Asmara, she leaves his house and returns to her mother's home. She starts missing Zaroon and later dreams that Zaroon has divorced her. Zaroon also misses Kashaf but does not contact her. Kashaf realises that she is really in love with Zaroon and yearns to go back to him and calls up Zaroon the same night. And when Zaroon gets to know that they are having twin daughters, he flies the same night to meet with her and they reconcile. Thus, their feud finally ends and they realise their love for each other. Few months later Kashaf gives birth to twin girls, who complete their family.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Zindagi Gulzar Hai
Soundtrack album by Shani Arshad
Genre Theme song
Length 8:23
Language Urdu
Producer Momina Duraid

The Zindagi Gulzar Hai title song is sung by Ali Zafar and Hadiqa Kiani, composed by Shani Arshad with lyrics by Naseer Turabi.[2]

Track list
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Zindagi Khaak Na Thi" Hadiqa Kiani 5:00
2. "Zindagi Gulzar Hai" Ali Zafar 3:23

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

Zindagi Gulzar Hai was originally broadcast on Hum TV in December 2012.[10] In 2015 the series was dubbed into Arabic and was broadcast by the MBC in the Middle East, under the name Asrar Al Hob (أسرار الحب). The series was broadcast to 11 Arab Countries . The show immediately gained popularity and after airing its first few episodes, became the most popular drama on the channel.[9] Before this Pakistani dramas were not broadcast in the Middle East.[11][12] In 2014 the series was also broadcast in India by Zee Entertainment Enterprises on their newly launched channel Zindagi.

Netflix[edit]

Netflix recently launched Pakistani dramas and Zindagi Gulzar Hai was added to Netflix on December 15, 2015. Currently it holds 4 star rating.

Reception[edit]

Television Rating Points (TRPs)[edit]

Zindagi Gulzar Hai started off very well than averaging 6.4 TRPs but after the climax episode i.e. EP. 7, ratings increased dramatically averaging and topping the charts every week. Then after the marriage of the protagonists, ratings started to further increase and now Zindagi Gulzar Hai averages 6+ TRPs with 6.6 TRPs as maximum until now. But from 3 May 2013 Zindagi Gulzar Hai achieved 8.7 trp as declared by Hum TV. Many say that it will make a new record when its last episode will air. And it did by reaching a point till 9.5.[13] It is the second highest-rated Pakistani television series. This drama got 9 awards at the 2nd Hum Awards, 3 awards at the 4th Pakistan Media Awards and 2 awards at the 13th Lux Style Awards. The role of Sanam Saeed was appreciated by critics. As for Fawad Khan it was the third blockbuster drama for him after Dastaan and Humsafar.

Awards and Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2013 Lux Style Awards Best Original Soundtrack Zindagi Gulzar Hai Won
2014 Pakistan Media Awards Best Drama of the year 2013 Zindagi Gulzar Hai Won
2014 Pakistan Media Awards Best Director to Sultana Siddiqui Won
2014 Pakistan Media Awards Best Writer to Umera Ahmed Won
2014 Hum Awards Best Director Drama Serial to Momina Duraid Won
2014 Hum Awards Best Drama Serial to Sultana Siddiqui Won
2014 Hum Awards Best Supporting Actress to Samina Peerzada Won
2014 Hum Awards Best Writer Drama Serial to Umera Ahmed Won
2014 Hum Awards Best Onscreen Couple to Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed Won
2014 Hum Awards Best Drama Serial Viewers Choice to Momina Duraid Won
2014 Hum Awards Best Onscreen Couple Viewers Choice to Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed Won
2014 Hum Awards Best Actor Viewers Choice to Fawad Khan Won
2014 Hum Awards Best Actress Viewers Choice to Sanam Saeed Won
2014 Hum Awards Best Actor to Fawad Khan Won
2014 Hum Awards Best Actress to Sanam Saeed Won
2014 Hum Awards Best Supporting Actor to Waseem Abbas Won
2014 Lux Style Awards Best Television Actor - Satellite to Fawad Khan Won
2014 Lux Style Awards Best Television Actress - Satellite to Sanam Saeed Won
2014 Lux Style Awards Best Television Writer to Umera Ahmad Nominated
2014 Lux Style Awards Best Television Director to Sultana Siddiqui Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zindagi Gulzar Hai Description". tv.com.pk. 
  2. ^ a b "Sultana Siddiqui returns to direction with Zindagi Gulzaar Hai". dawn.com. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Umera Ahmed to launch platform for commercial writers". The Express Tribune. 2 April 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Sharma, Nandini (12 July 2014). "Gear Up For Two New Shows On Zindagi". businessinsider.in. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2828240/?ref_=adv_li_tt IMDb
  6. ^ "Zindagi Gulzar Hai: cross-border love on screen". Hindustan Times. 7 June 2014. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bye-bye unending television dramas, welcome Zindagi". Times of India. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Imran Abbas glad ‘Zindagi’ will air Pakistan’s best shows". indianexpress.com. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Pakistani TV shows to be back on Indian small screen". indiatoday. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Zindagi Gulzar Hai is back on TV". The Times of India. 
  11. ^ admin. "Pakistani Dramas take the Arab World by storm – ZGH to be dubbed in Arabic now!". 
  12. ^ Entertainment Desk. "Zindagi Gulzar Hai: Pakistani drama serials win hearts in India". 
  13. ^ "Race for Trps". Review.pk. 

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